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a devastating explosion rips through damascus while across the border in turkey protests to break out over the country's support for the rebels fighting in syria's civil war. rift deep in iraq with killings and kidnappings rounding off the country's bloodiest week in eight months and raising fears of all out civil war. and the u.s. immigration system faces tough questions after it emerges that in fact national arrested on terrorism charges brought into the country illegally three years ago. and broadcasting live from our studios in moscow this is our thomas glad to have
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you with us in syria state media have reported a powerful explosion in the capital damascus at least three people have been killed and five others are injured the bomb was planted in a car near a school yet no one has claimed responsibility for the attack meanwhile in turkey police have fired gas on a crowd of protesters at a town near the syrian border which was the scene of a deadly double car bombing a week ago saturday's unrest similar clashes in east and bull and in the capital on carra demonstrators are angered by turkey's support for the syrian rebels which they say is putting national security address journalist manual ochs writer who's covered the syrian crisis extensively says on car is only making the civil war worse. the turkish demonstrators the turkish people is upset because of what is happening on the turkish side it's their full right because it's like to let me say to invite a firestarter into your house because you want to send to me later to your neighbors
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and then you wonder that the fire starter starts putting fire on your own house we have to see that turkey has a nine hundred kilometer long border to syria and we have to see that turkey doesn't do anything to prevent terrorists and mercenaries crossing the border from turkey to syria in contradiction turkey even supports those terrorists the training camps they are. in turkey is giving supply in a lot of means and turkey is right now acting like a hostile pollard towards the moscow's the if it's a the so-called. more moderate rebels claim a couple of times in the past that they consider the jihadists from the front the troops as they call raids in the fight against hamas because so if the west helps us now war in turkey says we support the moderate rebels it's not true because
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nobody can assure that a gun comes from the hand of a so-called moderate rebel in the hand office so called extremist rebel i think we should start to distinguish finally because this is a big lie. meanwhile the u.s. state department has dismissed media claims that russia recently delivered advanced cruise missiles to syria officials confirm that the armaments were in fact shipped more than a year ago with no violations of international law russia has long stress that its supplies to damascus are under contract signed before the syrian conflict broke out more than two years ago moscow also says it's not supplying any weapons that could be used against civilians the u.s. and its allies some of whom are believed to be directly arming the rebels have criticized russia's ties with syria to moscow maintains it's not backing either side in the conflict but rather trying to broker peace through diplomacy. at least sixteen people have been killed in iraq in
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a wave of attacks that continues the recent surge in sectarian violence one of the victims was an anti-terrorism police officer shot dead along with his family at his home in baghdad by a group of gunmen also eight of his colleagues were abducted on a desert road to the west of the capital this comes a day after a series of bombings that made friday the country's of deadliest day in over eight months the worst of those attacks was a twin bomb blast outside a sunni mosque in because iraq's sunni muslims say they've been persecuted and marginalized ever since the fall of saddam hussein u.s. congressman keith ellison believes america needs to clean up the mess it created in iraq i think we have an obligation to stay engaged with iraq. diplomatically and developmentally. militarily quite honestly i don't i am i am not convinced that we can add meaningful improvement to the situation with some point our role is to come to an inn and even if there is horrible
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military by our of the violence going on there i mean the question needs to be raised is our reengagement going to help i don't i doubt that seriously but what i think we do need to do is to remember that we'll create these conditions and we haven't are going obligation and you know we've got to make sure that i mean if we can play a diplomatic role to help cease the violence we should and if we can certainly help rebuild this country i think we have a moral obligation to do so because we are apart one expert on post-war iraq told our team that some nations are trying to use the sectarian divisions there to destabilize the entire region you know you. ask the arsonist. i mean. it's you know it's. you know they see this. as one big. issue to break up the whole region into.
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ultimately people and. i mean. again. in the region all this this whole situation is engineer and it's great go and tiredly including iraq and. pakistan has been arrested on a federal terrorism charges in idaho he is accused of conspiring to make explosives and supporting a foreign jihadist movement the man had entered america legally just like the boston bombers and the incident has stoked fresh fears that washington is failing to screen potential terrorists as artie's miniport explains. a thirty year old was specs and national has been arrested on a federal terrorism charges but just three years ago he was easily admitted to the u.s. as a refugee prosecutors have charged for but often with conspiring to provide
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material support to the islamic movement of uzbekistan an american designated terrorist organization and off he was arrested in boise idaho where he has lived since immigrating to the us the us of nine what's not clear is how a man allegedly tied to a terrorist network was able to bypass the u.s. is seven hundred billion dollar national security apparatus and enter the country some would argue that homeland security officials should have thoroughly vetted it was back and rejected his application for refugee status but when it comes to the u.s. homeland security system expensive doesn't necessarily equate to a fact according to a report by the u.s. inspector general the u.s. justice department temporarily lost track of former terrorists who participated in america's witness protection program now the independent investigator found that
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officials at the witness protection program failed to share the fictitious identities that had been created for terrorism linked witnesses with the f.b.i. terrorist screening center that's the agency that maintains america's terrorist watch and no fly lists so as a result some participants of the witness protection program that were put on a no fly list could have flown commercial flights without approval in the meantime the u.s. that of these use to track suspected terrorists has reportedly reached eight hundred seventy five thousand me yes that's more people than the entire population of cyprus clearly washington does not but our resources to monitor each and every name. on outlets and as recent developments have challenged the u.s. government has also failed its back to terrorists from entering or leaving the country morning from new york bring up or not are to. the usa keeps
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a database of known or suspected terrorists with around seven hundred fifty thousand names on the west one of them was the dead boston bomber who was considered to have posed no threat just months before the marathon atrocity one that libertarian news editor told our team the long list of suspects may just be too big for government agencies to handle the great ironies is that the more information together and we do press or security organizations together more and more and more and more but somebody has to process that information is the more information gather chances are the less you'll be doing any good at the data that's in that database so you can have it as many names in there as you will on c.n.n. it's hundreds of thousands of just a million names in there at this point the chance of actually doing anything with any one of those names and if the useful diminishes the larger the database comes the more information we scoop up the less people in it so we can we can talk about security measures all day long but it's going have an open society people are going to come and go and some of them will eventually be identified as terrorism suspects
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. the cyber currency big coin has suffered another setback after u.s. authorities seized the accounts of its major operator that's hampering the process of exchanging bitcoins which right now are worth around one hundred twenty dollars per unit so why is the u.s. government so worried about the currency and is the bitcoin able to beat the traditional currencies to take apart users must first download a virtual wallet onto a computer or onto a mobile device they will then get an address a for this wallet and then can transfer bitcoins to the wallet of another user for a small charge and without banking mediators now from a distance it may resemble web money or the pay pal system but a key difference is anonymity which all transactions are encrypted and untraceable is this feature that is ringing alarm bells creating a space where arms and drugs can be bought and sold alongside more innocent goods this isn't putting off twenty five million dollars in backing bitcoin software
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developer says the lack of middlemen is what makes the use of digital currency so appealing to the public. it's the big system i think is really simple system because it's based of this concept of open source so i can download the source code for bitcoin a new can read for it and you know like how someone can speak french or spanish or english i can read source code and i can read the source code and see that it does exactly what it says it does it's not really powerful what i have because it's not on my computer and i send it over the internet direct to someone without any middleman whatsoever using software that i wrote myself completely when i have a bank account i don't know what happens in that bank account i don't know who is dealing with are all the middlemen and institutions there with bitcoin is none of that it's total control over your money it's proper free trade not that not the fake kind where you need to register corporations or special companies and then your share of the market because of regulations it's kind of money where anybody in
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what can participate paper loan is blocking access from over sixty different countries worldwide because it doesn't have any of these restrictions or limitations and the payment system is used as a political thought to shut down speech on the internet and that's why the big point is so important. well we want to find out what you think is behind america's attempt to clamp down on digital currency let's take a look at what you guys are saying so far right now more than half of you fifty four percent say they're trying to keep the federal reserve their control over the financial system more than a third of you now believe the u.s. is trying to limit people's freedoms now only six percent see. a way for washington to make. users pay their taxes and a small minority just a little sliver of green five percent say that the american government is genuinely aiming to. facilitated course you can head to have your say we're always interested
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in your thoughts. as europe's economic troubles. people from germany to greece are looking for scapegoats joining the ranks of the far right groups. also ahead on. drug stores find out how local pharmacies in the u.s. are being pushed off the market by giant chains stories and more after a short break. with. technology innovation all the developments around russia.
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the official. language stream quality and enjoy your favorites. if you're away from. your mobile device you can watch on t.v. any time any way. back in moscow this is good to have you with us now and dozens of neo nazi activists have a rallied in berlin with the extra police drafted in to cope with the situation the
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growing popularity of far right movements is raising concerns across the european union are all over investigates what's fuelling it all. from britain in the west to greece in the east far right groups and making their voices heard in new york. it's mid-afternoon screens in this financial crisis affected everyone and that has allowed the right wing organizations to give people someone to blame for their problems it's those people's fault that is how they were cruet. greece has seen a marked increase in support for far right to nazi groups golden door and organization divided by their critics as hooligans and studs off heralded by their supporters as the saviors of greece for the greeks and they system up brits hate and cultivate. but they
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attack systematical immigrants at the present golden dawn of the most they have elected officials on their books including greek m.p. elias can see ottis it's not only in politics that extreme right view is a permeating this goal celebration by a key athens is just cut the b.s. so that the field of sound for life from the national team despite his claims that he didn't know what this meant and here in germany a country which experienced first hand the horrors of naziism right wing extremist groups springing up right now with tension in germany is focused on the murder trial of their fish out there know as the nazi right she's accused of being part of a national socialist terrorist cell that claimed to have murdered by immigrants in one policewoman in the two thousands after nine hundred forty five are told about what happened in the war on the holocaust of course but some held on to those ideas
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when the wall came down we saw last rise in right wing groups that grew into today's neo nazis as well as fascist organizations members of germany's mainstream right wing party the n.p. d. sis that their policies are the only way to tackle the current problems facing the country. if we as german taxpayers have to save the entire europe we are going to go to broke we have to admit that some european nations cannot be saved and focus on those that can. it seems as long as europe's finances continue to languish in the red more and more people are seeking and says with the right peter all of a job. as always more news over on our website here for you now nader cans are fighting to prevent what's being called environmental genocide had to r.t. dot. personal
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treatment from small community drug. chains and it's all down to pharmaceutical majors insurance. the competition. pharmaceuticals in the us a major moneymaker. huge drug store chains are popping up on every street corner with multiple locations and list services when reid is
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writing whichever the big ones not that i prefer them but it's just that they're the only option we're from new jersey so we go to c.v.s. . one in new york doing read but mostly c.b.s. competition from mom and pop shops and steeper than ever in places like the big apple where rent alone is sky high neighborhood pharmacies are all but it stands for the city overflowing the joint chains like this one the town drugstore symbolically was always at the center of american culture and american life and now as the big chains move then not only that the prices tend to go up but they squeeze the little guys out pharmacists however small pharmacies have more issues than just the increase of big box shops health insurance companies have been merging with drug stores taking away americans choice of where they can get their medicine if they fell at my location they would have to pass a fifty percent of the cost of the medication if they feel that c.v.s.
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they would only pay thirty percent of the cost of the medication sara for auto has had her shop in a small community in upstate new york for about six months offering personal attention and a more intimate approach she's built a good reputation with the locals fast i'll do it right now but the pharmacist says an increasing number of her patients have been learning they have no choice but to do business elsewhere at a joint pharmacy across the street but they do is we just had one this week a woman came in she wanted to fill her prescriptions at our pharmacy she was sick of c.b.s. the long waits the lines the rude you know employees and we took a prescription check her insurance card bill ditto for insurance found out she could not fill any. aside c.b.s. measured hosey and runs a pharmacy new jersey and is faced with the same obstacle he says he has lost a fifth of his patients because of these deals the big stores are able to make it back to negotiate their own contracts with insurance companies so that they get
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paid more than what we do and then. when they purchase their medications they purchase them at a lower rate than what we purchased them out. even though there have been pushes from small pharmacy lobbying groups to get in the way of the tricks used by big chains huge corporations simply have more money to lobby their interests even if sued they pay the fine and move on meanwhile the small businesses fight on to stay afloat allow us to compete freely with each other as businesses and we go out of our way to give the best customer service and be as friendly as we can despite the pleas and obvious economic benefits of money staying in a community instead of corporate giants bank accounts this sort of general and of the middle class story which sadly has been the macroeconomic story of the last really forty years here in the united states great thanks actually enjoy our friendly neighborhood shops that used to be what made the american dream possible could soon be a thing of the past and stacy churkin our party new york. it passenger plane caught
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fire at one of moscow's international airports after its landing gear malfunctioned during touchdown luckily all one hundred thirty five people on board the ute jet were evacuated safely with no reported injuries seven planes in route to vnukovo international had to be diverted but the airport is now back in operation an investigation is underway the incident comes just months after another plane with only crew members on board veered off the runway avenue leaving five people dead. now and some other news making headlines around the world for you this hour. has crashed into a crowd of hikers in the u.s. state of virginia injuring at least fifty people several of the hikers who were taking part in a parade are said to be in critical condition police are investigating the cause of the accident witnesses say the car had a handicap sticker and the driver has been described as an elderly man. high profile pakistani politician has been shot dead in the city of karachi zora
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shahid hussein was a member of pakistan's movement for justice one of the country's main parliamentary parties she was shot by two unidentified gunmen outside her home and died while being taken to a hospital killing comes on the eve of a controversial the run of the recent general election last saturday's poll of the bloodiest in the country's history with over one hundred politicians killed in the run up to the vote. in ukraine thousands of protesters have been demanding the release of the country's jailed former prime minister yulia timoshenko the strong rally in the capital kiev turned violent and at least ten people were injured a machine that was sentenced to seven years in prison in two thousand and eleven for abuse of office while signing a gas deal with russia two years earlier. in southern yemen at least four suspected terrorists have been killed and several others injured in a drone strike on a vehicle official said that the operation took place around dawn in the province
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there's been a dramatic rise in the number of drone strikes in yemen since the country's new u.s. backed president into power early last year. the french president francois along has signed a same sex marriage bill into law it wasn't the flagship social reform of his election campaign a year ago despite public support the bill stirred months of mass nationwide protests involving hundreds of thousands of people. suffering the lowest popularity ratings of any recent president. we are all being expected to pay our way as a few more tax dollars are squeezed out of us but not everyone is coughing up the big firms that we spend a fortune on are getting away with paying a pittance and duties and it's countries like britain which are being called down to sort it out as the reports. there are one hundred of the u.k.'s biggest
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companies but new research shows that they're still cutting corners by saving money on tax ninety eight of the footsie one hundred companies in the u.k. run the holding or subsidiary companies off shore these include high street giants such as barclays bank and tesco it's unlikely to make easy reading for the british government which is about the past four years promising to clamp down on corporate tax avoidance now actually is the charity that's been looking into the issue and i'm here to talk to tax policy expert michael lewis who authored the report where these findings come from mike thank you very much for joining us the british government's been promising to clamp down on tax avoidance for a while now we've seen a number of stories and scrutiny towards companies such as starbucks and amazon and google so it looked like progress had been made but what did you find when you looked at the bigger picture on your research tax haven operations and companies
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are almost universal amongst the world's largest companies but the u.k. has a particular responsibility here one in five of the world's tax havens are under the u.k. jurisdiction what's the link between overseas tax havens and the developing world. the link quite simply is that the developing world in developing countries are suffering from tax avoidance further and faster than the u.k. and other countries developing countries lose up to three times more money to tax havens every year than they receive in international aid thank you very much for joining us david cameron has promised to tackle the issue of global tax avoidance at next month's g eight summit which britain will be chairing but so far it's unclear how firmly britain is prepared to act in order to stamp out the culture of corporate tax avoidance. r.t. . well one of the best kept secrets of st petersburg's legendary hermitage museum
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is revealed that's when we come back up to a break right on to. the illusion of safety trumping your right seems to be the main political theme of post nine eleven america and no one is pushing the keep you safe at any cost and lot more than new york billionaire mayor michael bloomberg who recently had to defend his stop and frisk strategy after giving a speech to police brass stop and frisk is the practice of just being able to search anyone in new york at any time for any reason with your hands this gestapo style practice has been in place since two thousand and two but thankfully was finally recently found to be unconstitutional by a federal judge you know the fourth amendment all the talk about no unlawful search
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and seizure seems pretty clear to me why did this take so long to figure out bloomberg despite that silly constitution thing stands firm with this policy declaring if you end street stops looking for guns they will be more guns on the street and more people will be killed it's just that sam paul well to that i would say if you stop nazi style first kings of random innocent people there will be more freedom on the streets it's just that simple but that's just my opinion. this is the best time to come here before opening hours to hear all this silence
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you can feel that the holes and everything in them if they are waiting for this day . i was about three years old or maybe less when i first came to the hermitage i remember the impression but everything here is alive in a sort of fairy tale and when i touch the feet of the atlantis i felt that they were allowing for an only statues of ancient gods based seemed alive to me to maybe they were just frozen in the moment but they were still living and probably still working some of their miracles.